Category Archives: POLITICS

YEAR OF TRUMP — In 2017, new President dominates headlines

(Official White House Christmas Portrait) WASHINGTON, D.C. – Love him, or leave him – all must admit that Donald Trump is a newsmaker par excellence. No president in modern U.S. history has generated more buzz – both good and bad – than this businessman, turned unconventional politician. This year at the White House, the preferred salutation is ‘Merry Christmas,’ further distancing the Trump administration from religion-neutral ‘Happy Holidays’ or ‘Season’s Greetings’ – some suggested offerings promulgated during the Obama era. In his Saturday, Dec. 16 ra…

New group launches film series

By Diane Lemieux ORIENTAL — The Pamlico Progressives recently kicked off the group’s new film and discussion series, ‘How Governmental Policies Affect Pamlico County!’ The first program, held at the Oriental Town Hall, was an educational film titled ‘Democracy for Sale.’ This video is from the ‘America Divided’ film series, which explores inequality in our political system and in several other areas pertinent to everyday Americans – like education, housing, healthcare, labor, and criminal justice. Promotional materials aptly describe the film: “Zach Ga…

Repeal & Replace on life support — Seven GOP senators defect

WASHINGTON, D.C. Be thankful for small things, like a 51-50 vote to bring ObamaCare to the Senate floor for debate, but don’t get too excited. Seven Republican senators really bailed Tuesday night in a follow up vote. Senate Republicans voted Tuesday to open debate on repealing Obamacare, dramatically reviving an effort that many GOP lawmakers left for dead just a few days ago. The vote is a huge political win and turnaround for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republicans who’ve promised for seven years to repeal Obamacare if voters gave them control of Congress and…

Huge ransom payment funding Iranian military

On Thursday, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and 17 of his colleagues sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford regarding their recent testimony in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. The senators raise serious concerns regarding the Obama Administration’s failure to notify top United States military officials about its $1.7 billion cash ransom payment to the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is designated by the State Department as a state sponsor of terrorism. Following reports that Iran has funneled this money int…

Efforts to remove NC GOP Chairman Harnett intensify

Grassroots vs. Establishment to lock horns Saturday By Hal James and Raynor James | Members NC GOP Executive Committee Hasan Harnett POLITICAL LANDSCAPE — Rumors and reports about infighting among members the North Carolina Republican Party continue to swirl. This is with good cause because that is exactly what is happening! Would you like to hear what is going on from the perspective of a husband and wife team who are both members of the NC GOP Executive Committee? Then you’ve come to the right place. First, let us tell you why we’re willing to publicly share “ins…

Democratic nominee for Governor wants UNC-CH to boycott Final Four

HOUSTON, TX — Dallas Woodhouse, NCGOP Executive Director, issued the following statement Monday in response to Roy Cooper’s demand that the UNC men’s basketball team boycott the NCAA Final Four because “61 percent of Houston’s residents are ignorant bigots” for voting to overturn a city council ordinance like Charlotte’s that allowed men into women’s bathrooms: “We still can’t figure out why Roy Cooper so desperately wants men to use women’s locker rooms and bathrooms but calling for UNC’s basketb…

Trump campaigns in Carolinas

Trump wowed a Chamber of Commerce crowd last week in Greenville, S.C. By Mike Causey GREENVILLE, S.C. — Donald Trump is bringing an excitement and enthusiasm to the 2016 Presidential race like no other conservative candidate has done since Ronald Reagan. Donald Trump gets it. He connects with the people. Last week, in Greenville, S.C., Trump mesmerized an overflow crowd of approximately 1800 people at the Upstate Chamber of Commerce Coalition Luncheon. He received thunderous applause and several standing ovations. As is his custom, Trump did not mince words during his public rema…

‘Words no longer have meaning’

Editor’s note: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia makes such a compelling case that this newspaper has opted to print his 7,000-word dissent in its entirety. We are doing so in two parts, with the second installment to appear in our July 9 issue. Phrases that appear in bold italics are the editor’s attempt to make the jurist’s dissent more easily understood by casual readers. Antonin Scalia WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Court holds that when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act says “Exchange established by the State” it means “Exchange established by the Stat…

Isaac Taylor House offers ideal backdrop for Governor’s visit

By Lisa E. Bernett Staff Writer Vicki Vitale, center, co-owner of Fine Arts at Baxters in downtown New Bern, enjoys a photo opportunity with Susan Kluttz, Secretary of Cultural Resources for the state, and Gov. Pat McCrory. NEW BERN – North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, on a quest to preserve the state’s Historic Tax Credit Program, chose a preserved landmark last week – the Isaac Taylor House in downtown New Bern – as the perfect setting for his message that incentives of this sort make good economic sense. Although the program lapsed at the end of 2014, McCrory operatives are feverishly…

A defense of profiling!

ISIS threat continuation of trend Special to the County Compass A screener with the Transportation Security Agency checks the ID of a passenger at LaGuardia International Airport in New York City. In 1968, Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by a Muslim male. 2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by Muslim males. 3. In 1972 a Pan Am 747 was hijacked and eventually diverted to Cairo where a fuse was lit on final approach, to be blown up shortly after landing by Muslim males 4. In 1973 a Pan Am 707 was destroyed in Rome, with 33 people killed, when it was att…
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